Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Bye bye April!

Hi dear friends,
how is going?

Today I can't comprehend the fact that another month is over, but why time goes so fast?
It seems like yesterday when at my house, as every year, me and my boyfriend with the help of my sisters, prepare dinner for new year's eve. What a ritual! We enjoy it a lot and every year we prepare something different and original! :P You're all welcome on december 31st around 7pm :D

Today I'm not going to show you cards about countries or cities but I wanna show you this so cute card that I got through postcrossing.com from Germany:


Cute, isn't it? I enjoy myself thinking about what he has seen so appetizing. Maybe a nice little mouse in the flesh :D 

I really like cats, they are so refined, shrewd, independent. I love their eyes, especially at night when they look like two giant balls. 
But, I have a weakness for dogs. I see them more outgoing and playful, they are more cuddly and wants to be filled with care. 
Not that a cat is not all that, but it is more difficult to find cats with these characteristics.

I have a dog, he isn't a breed one, my dad brought me because a dog in the yard where he works had many puppies :D

These are two pics of him, when he arrived and one of last year:



I love him, his name is Willy ;)  Look in the second photo as he obeys and fixes the cookie I have in my hand :D That astute!


Have a nice day guys!

Best,
Giuly


Saturday, 19 April 2014

Happy Easter from Salerno

Ciao!

How are you guys? Are you ready for Easter?

I'm going to have a very yummy lunch with my family :P

These days at home have flown, I'm coming back in Milan on monday morning!

Well, my posts have always concerned about places far away from me but today I want to talk about Salerno, my hometown, that I left about 4 and a half years ago to go to study in Milan.

It is a very lovely city located in the south-western of Italy. It is quite close to the Amalfi Coast and is an important tourist destination in the Campania region. It's famous for being the first location in the world to have a Medicine University, "Schola Medica Salernitana".
Do you know that it was the capital city for 6 months? :D Lots of people are proud of this fact!
There is a wonderful seafront promenade, you can walk there, relax and/or just enjoy the so beautiful landscape.

Yesterday I was there and I took this shoot:


Love it!

I wanna show you also a postcard:


So cute, isn't it?


For food lovers there is also lots of delicious food: the real buffalo mozzarella, good pizza and ice cream, the famous "limoncello" that, for who doesn't know, is a lemon liqueur mainly produced in the Amalfi coast and also in Naples area, and many other yummy plates.

Wishing you a great Easter day!

Best,
Giuliana





Wednesday, 16 April 2014

7 postcards from ... Russia :)

Ciao guys :)
How is going?

Easter is in the air, yesterday I came back home. My house is full of Easter eggs, chocolate and "colombe" (typical italian cakes that we eat during Easter time). I'm gaining weight just looking at them!

I really love white chocolate so my mum bought for me this one:
I'm happy like a child :D 


Well, today it's the turn of RUSSIA. 

When I think about Russia, it always comes to my mind the cold but, on the other hand, I always think of the high degree of charm that has this country.

The postcards that I got are very different from each other.

1st:


A classical touristic card from Moscow that represents the Saint basil's Cathedral. It is located in Red Square in Moscow and now it is a museum. There are some legends about this cathedral. One of them says that the architects who built this cathedral were blinded by the Zar so that it can never reproduce a similar work. Well probably it's true, it's amazing, I guess that a live view is breathtaking!

2nd:


The first one is an old pic of the Red Square and the second one is the main building of Moscow State University. It was founded in 1755 and it is the largest and the oldest university in Russia.

3rd:


I laughed a lot when I received this postcard. I requested a postcard from Sochi for the Olympics and Kseniya sent me this wonderful postcard that she made by herself. Funny, isn't it? :D

4th:


These are very particular and really nice cards so different from touristic cards. When I will get a card from each country of the world I will start to collect these kind of postcards! The second one was made buy a 11 yo guy, so cute! 


Do you know which is one of the traditional russian Easter sweet? The Kulic that is prepared by mixing the butter and sugar or cottage cheese. Carefully drying the cake for a few days in a crock pot, the Russians decorate with candied fruit or dried fruit and serve it at the party. 
They also use hitting each other with colored eggs. The winner is the one whose egg is not broken. He takes all the eggs :D

So do you have some particular tradition in your country?

Wishing you a great time :-*

See you,
Giuliana ^_^





Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Traveling to ... Portugal :)

Ciaooo!

I'm back again :P I had very busy days and now I'm ready to relax few days ;)

Although I've not written, the postcards these days are arrived, all are very nice but some of them are just wonderful :D

It's like summer today in Milan, currently (6pm) there are 22°C, blue sky and no clouds!


It's time to show you the postcards, are you ready? :D

Here they are, 4 beautiful postcards from Portugal:





The first three are from Lisbon and the other one, as you can read, is from Setubal.

This is a special post because, two of these cards (the first of Lisboa and the one of Setubal) were mailed from a special girl, her name is Andreia, we talk a lot and I feel I have a new friend even if we have never met in person. She is lovely and we are a lot of things in common. Thanks you sweet :*
A special thanks also to Luis and Ana that sent me the other two ones!

LISBON:

The first card show a viewpoint that is called São Pedro de Alcântara and from this place you can see the Lisboa downtown. Andreia said that is a very romantic view and you can also see the St.Jorge castle.

In the second one there are 4 different pictures: the 25th of April Bridge that is suspension bridge connecting the city of Lisbon to the municipality of Almada, the "elevadore" which is a typical transport, the Belem Tower that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the significant role it played in the Portuguese maritime discoveries of the era of the Age of Discoveries and eventually the Santa Justa lift.

The third one is a multipicture of the city.


But, did you know that Lisbon is older than Rome? Unbelievable :D

SETUBAL:

It is a fishing (particularly sardines) city located on the Sado River estuary approximately 40 kilometres south of Lisbon. There are a lots of beautiful beaches as you can see from the pic. 
For soccer fans, it is the hometown of José Mourinho, the current coach of Chelsea team. He was also in Italy few years ago. 


Hope you liked this post!

All the best,
Giuliana










Monday, 24 March 2014

L - O - N - D - O - N

Hi there,
how is going?

Hope you had a very nice and relaxing weekend.

Another week is started, today I got 2 postcards: one from Japan and the other one from Oklahoma :)

Well, I want to talk about a city that I would definitely visit but, I know that I'm really very counterflow, it doesn't inspire me much. I don't know why, maybe the weather, maybe because my favourite number is 13 and they hate it :D

So, this city is London, not so hard to imagine due to the title of the post :) and a quote says: "When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life, for there is in London all that life can afford!"





That's a very nice card from Lilach! 
There are represented all the particularities of London in one card: Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, London bus, London phone box, Tower bridge,...

My friend is doing an internship in London and I really want to go there but I need to figure out with all of my schedules. She will be there till June.

You know that when I think of London I always think of the Disney cartoon "101 Dalmatians"? :D Love that cartoon, it's one of my favourite :)
Instead, a normal thing that comes to mind is tea, I love it! 
Sting, in his song "Englishman in New York" says: "I don't drink coffee, I take tea, my dear." How can it be otherwise for a nation that drinks 48 billion cups of tea every year? :)

Well, these are just some curiosities about London:
  • The typical dish of London is not the roast beef, much less the classic breakfast with bacon and eggs. It is not the hot dog, more German than English, much less curry, that it is indian but also nominated pure english. The English dish is the "Fish & Chips", all strictly fried.
  • The subway, taken every day by millions of people, has more than 140 years and its extensive range has found itself in the path of ancient sites and historic parts of the city, perhaps disturbing the sleep of many. Inside it, a series of mysterious phenomena sometimes and the British media have repeatedly stated that each station has at least one ghost. In Farringdon Tube, for example, there is the gost of a 13 year old girl who was working as an hatter and who apparently was murdered by his superior close this station where, under the influence of strong currents, it seems you still feel the tears of this girl. 
  • Do you know the mystery of the stone of London? It is a mystery still unsolved and tied to a large stone locked in a small cage at the edge of the sidewalk of Cannon Street. The stone has ancient origins and researchers and scientists still don't know the exact age and origin of this large stone. A legend says that at the fate of the stone is tied the fate of London.

Hope you will enjoy this post.


Take care,
Giuly :)


Thursday, 20 March 2014

Spring is in the air!

Hello there,

how is going?

First day of Spring, finally we can say goodbye to Winter even if in lots of country is still snowing.
Very sunny day in Milan, pleasant and enjoyable temperature, about 18-20 °C. The weekend will be not so good, it will rain again for couple of days. Need to be patient!
If there's one thing I hate, it's just the rain, I much prefer a cold and rigid day rather than a rainy and wet one.

So, today to celebrate Spring the postcard represents flowers :D


Isn't very nice? I think they are white cherry blossoms but I'm not 100% sure!
I really love this kind of flowers, they can be also pink.

Rita sent me this card from Lithuania, through postcrossing.com

This flower is a sign of good luck, a message of good wishes, but also a sign of brevity, because of his very short life: about two weeks.
In Japan it become one of the traditional plants of the state. There is a strong relationship between this tree and the flowers and the samurai. 
One of the many legends says that the color of the petals (for those light pink of course) is so because it was impregnated with the blood of warriors who died at the roots. For this reason, only for the samurai was reserved the honor of the cherry blossom tattoo on the body. 

Did you know about these stories? Did you like?

Have you seen the doodle of today in the Google website? It's so nice :) 




Have a great time!

See you,
Giuliana



Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Next stop: New Zealand

Ciao :)

how are you?

Days go really fast, it seems like yesterday that I started this great collection and it has already passed two months! I will start to study seriously, in less than one month I will have the mid term exams, but the positive thing is that I will also come back home for the Easter holidays.

Today in Italy we celebrate the Father's day. Well, I wanna say thank you to my dad, I learned a lot from him, he is the best! It also the "name-day" of my mom. Probably, most of you, won't understand which is the "name-day"; it is a tradition in many countries in Europe and Latin America that consists of celebrating the day of the year associated with one's given name. So, best wishes to my dad and my mom <3

Are you ready for the postcards? :D Well, Jason sent me these two nice postcard from New Zealand and exactly from the capital city, Wellington that is the southernmost capital city in the world.


The first one represents the Beehive Parliament Building, it is so called because of its shape is reminiscent of that of a traditional woven form of beehive known as a "skep". It was built between 1969 and 1979.
The other card shows a cable car in the snow. Isn't a very beautiful shoot? Love it!

Do you know that the NZ is the home of the kiwi? I mean not the fruit but a curious bird that is unusual in at least two aspects. First, it is the only bird in the world that has its nostrils at the end of its beak. Second, the female kiwi has the largest egg, in proportion to its body size, of any bird in the world (except possibly for the hummingbird).

Here a picture of this bird:


It's cute :D

Jason told me about kiwi, I thought was the fruit but I discovered a new animal!

Time to start a new day: class in less than an hour, need to study and to work in the afternoon.

I wanna leave you with this fact:
"Did you know that the names of all continents both start and end with the same letter?" :D

Have a great day,
Giuliana

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Paris, how beautiful you are!

Ciao :D

it has been a while since I wrote, how are you?

I had a new experience last week: I went to Paris for an "In-company training" program in two different companies, Lactalis and VivaSanté.
I really had fun and it was very interesting!

I didn't have too much time to visit the city but I saw the main places/monuments. It was better than my expectations. Everyone sais that Paris is a beautiful city but I couldn't really imagine so much beauty.

Well as you can imagine I bought some postcards :D



Nice monuments, big green places to have walk, nice atmosphere, good food, everything in one city.

I feel tired and I wanna show you some pictures that I took there. These are my favourite ones.








Have you ever been in Paris? Which is your favourite place/monument?

Have a nice week guys!

All the best,
Giuliana




Thursday, 6 March 2014

The traditional dance of Betawi

Ciao a tutti :)

How are you?

It is already Thursady, time flies so fast!
I'm preparing to go to Rome, I will have the train in a couple of hours. Rome is a very beautiful city!
I'm going to meet also my cousin but I won't have time to visit nothing since I'm going there for work!

Very nice and sunny day in Milan, in Rome I will find the same weather! ;) Spring is in the air!

Well today I'm flying to Indonesia :D Sun, amazing beaches, hot weather, relax are the words that make me think of this beautiful country so far away from me.

This postcard isn't a place but a part of the local culture: a traditional dance called Betawi. This name is also the name of the local people and it derived from the name "Batavia", the old colonial name of Jakarta.



In my opinion these costumes are very unique and colorful!

Erika is the girl that sent me this card :) 

Here is a video if you wanna watch a bit of this dance: 



Short post to show you this piece of Indonesia :)


Have a great day guys!

Best,
Giuliana

Monday, 3 March 2014

Time to celebrate! :)

Ciao! :D

how are you guys?

Monday is a day that, more or less, we all hate a little bit! It's the day on which start again the usual monotony after the short break of the weekend.
It's still raining in Milan but the forecasts are encouraging, there should be sunny for some days from Thursday ;)

This week will be very busy, I will have to work a little bit and study and on Thursaday I will be in Rome just for one day!
In exactly one week I will be in Paris for a few days :) I'm gonna getting excited! :D

Well, why the name of the post of today is "Time to celebrate"? Because, with the postcards that I received today (3 of them) I arrived to "quota" 102 :) I got over the 100 postcards.
For me it's a great achievement, I never expected that in such a short time, I would be able to collect all these postcards!
I'm really very happy!


And, I want to celebrate this day with a nice postcard that I got some days after St.Valentine. Vidas, a guy from Lithuania, sent me this very lovely postcard :D 


What is more beautiful than love?
NOTHING!

Besides talking in the narrow sense of love between two people, I mean love in general, love for a friend, to a sport, to a true passion.

So, I'm experiencing, thanks to all those who have sent me, that are sending me and that will send me postcards, a new type of love, became almost obsession, in a good way of course.


I wanna leave you a quote that I like a lot:

“Love is that condition in which the happiness of another person is essential to your own.” 

Robert A. Heinlein



Wish you a great week!

See you soon,
Giuliana




Friday, 28 February 2014

Happy weekend!

Hi guys,

how are you?

The weekend is almost arrived, I will have my last class in few hours and then a bit of relax on Saturday and Sunday even if I will have to study!

Today I don't wanna show you a postcard from a place or a country but I would love to make you smile and I think that this postcard is perfect. 
When I got it I couldn't stop smiling and I laugh every time I see it.
I LOVE smiling and make others smile. I think it's something so amazing!

Have you ever thought about what happens when you smile?
The first thing, to me, is that you become more beautiful! 
Your heart increase the pulsations up to 120 per minute.
Your eyes sparkle, they have more light turned on thanks to a new supply of fresh blood to the pupils.
Your nostrils dilate, increasing the amount of air that enters into the nasal passages.
The same sounds emitted by laughter help to give you a burst of vitality, thanks to a positive direct impact on the auditory nerves.

Laughter is the best medicine for everything and you don't need even to go to the doctor!
Just a massive dose of humor every day to see life from a different angle, and certainly better.

Well, it's time to show you the postcard:



Isn't spectacular? :D An amazing seal!

Wilhelm sent me it, he is from Germany and he lives on the coast.

Wishing you a great weekend guys!

Keep smiling,
Giuliana






Wednesday, 26 February 2014

From Minsk with love

Ciaoooo!! :D

How is going?

I'm very well, I'm studying and I'm so happy, guess why? Today I got 18 postcards :)) I live in a dorm school and there is the doorman. He called my room and said me: "Bring your bag with you!"
I was receiving 3-4 postcards per time and I couldn't imagine to receive 18 postcards at the same time!! I really can't explain how I felt.
I became the "postcards girl" :D Love it!

Well, I got these postcards maybe last week, they are from Minsk, Belarus.
Elena, a lovely girl, sent me 4 of them and one of them it's so funny, 10 things to do in Belarus written in italian. So nice!












1. The square of Independence: independence from Germans after the victory in the Second World War. In the past it was called the Lenin Square and there's still a huge Lenin statue there. The red building is the Cathedral of St.Simon and Alena, where Elena goes to listen some organic music concerts.

2. View of the Upper Town: the central part of Minsk. The river goes across all the city and she said that it is very picturesque, surraunded by many beautiful parks that are favourite places of the citizens for walks and rest.

3. The Victory Square: she lives 15 minutes from here. It is a square devoted to the warriors of the Second World war. About 1/3 of Belarus population was killed during the war. 
That's so sad! :(

4. 10 things to do in Belarus: - eat the Narocianski bread - visit the Medieval Castle - stay at an estate - eat a lot of draniki (fritters) - visit the National Library - feed a bison - wear a dress made ​​of 100% flax - enjoy the scenery on the banks of one of the 11,000 lakes - drink Krambambul, a local beverage - and come to visit it again! :D


Thank you so much Elena!

Hope you like this post! Leave a commentttt :D

Big hugs,
Giuliana

Monday, 24 February 2014

Two lovely postcards from Latvia

Hi everybody :)

a very sunny day in Milan :) Spring is coming!

This is a view from my room:


I love the blue sky, I feel better when the sun lights up the city! :D

Well, today I'm flying to Riga, the capital city of Latvia. I had a great time with a latvian girl that I met during my work experience in Vancouver. She is from Sigulda. We had lots of fun there and shared our experiences. Now she is teaching English in Vietnam! 
Over this wonderful experience with the Latvian people, the guy who sent me these postcards is also a very nice person. In addition to send me postcards, we also had the opportunity to exchange talks. 
It's great to know people who are so kind. He was in Oslo about 10 days ago and he also sent me a postcard from there. His name is Arturs, a boy of my own age, a sports fan and that he had never sent a postcard to a stranger before. Arturs thank you very much :D

Here are the postcard, a general one of his country and another one of Riga:



When Arturs sent me these postcards, about one month ago, he said that the temperature there was between -18°C and -23°C. Omg, I can't imagine how cold was, such a chilly winter. Brrrr!
Latvia has a long and ancient history and it is one of the least densely populated countries of the European Union. Along with the neighboring countries Estonia and Lithuania it is known as the Baltic States.

In the Riga's postcard we can see the Railway Bridge, I think is so beautiful, it is located  over the river Daugava and it was opened on 1 January 1873. It is illuminated in white and blue, the colors of Riga's flag.
We can also see the House of Black Heads, the Riga Castle and an old view of the city.
The House of Black Heads is a medieval building and its name is due to the Brotherhood of Black Heads (because of the headgear of the members), born in the city in 1416 as a guild of Latvian merchants. It is currently the house of some municipal administrative offices, the Office of Tourism and a coffee shop.
The Castle was founded in 1330 and it is the home of the President of the Republic of Latvia and the National History Museum of Latvian, the third oldest museum in Latvia.


Well, I hope one day to visit this beautiful country and to know in person Arturs!

Have a great time and a nice week!

See you,
Giuliana






Thursday, 20 February 2014

Flying towards the land of the kangaroos

Ciao :-)

how are you guys?

Another week is almost finished, my God, time flies so fast!

Today I received other postcards :D I'm so happy, every day more and more.

Do you know how many postcards I have now? Well, I don't know, I'm just counting them while I'm writing, so....drumroll....double 6 :D 66 postcards! That's a great number, I never imagined it in such a short time! Thank you to everyone! <3

Ticket for Australia? Oh yes, why not!?
Who has not dreamed of visiting this beautiful country? Maybe just the people that live there! :D

This is the nice postcard that I got, it's from Sydney.


When I was younger I thought that it was the capital city of Australia, and then one day I was playing at Trivial Pursuit and I discovered that Canberra is the capital city, I felt a little bad, I was particularly convinced! hahaha

The graceful shells of Sydney Opera House and the massive single span of the Harbour Bridge rise luminously against a glowing evening sky. Ramzi sent me it, his first postcard!
The Sydney Opera House is a multi-venue performing art centre designed by a danish architect and it was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 20th October, 1973. 
About the bridge I found that it has been nicknamed "Coat Hanger" by the locals and it is the largest steel arch bridge in the world measuring 1149 meters in length. Wooow, that's a lot!!


I really would love to visit this country one day, actually I would visit the entire world! :D

I'm going to study a bit!

Hope you will like this post and I will appreciate any comments!

See you,
Giuliana :P

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

A special post for Ukraine

Ciao guys,

just came back in Milan.

My weekend was very nice with my family :) How was yours?

Well, these are two postcards that I got from Ukraine:



The first one is from the capital city Kiev (or Kyiv) and, in particular, the postcard represents the Monument of Independence.
Independence Square is one of three squares located along Khreshchatyk close to the northeastern end of the street. It is situated close to European Square, which is the terminal end of Khreshchatyk.
Maria, the girl that sent me this postcard, said me that Ukrainians used to unite there for their country to be free, prosperous and with european values of democracy, the rule of law, freedom of speech and movement. She truly believe in that! The statue represents a woman in Ukrainian national costume on a 40 meter column.

The second one represents little shots from many different cities:
Mukacheve, Kerch, Sebastopol, Kyiv, Kamianets-Podilskyi, Sambir.

* Mukacheve is located in southwestern of the country. The city is now a rail terminus and highway junction, and has beer, wine, tobacco, food, textile, timber and furniture industries. On the postcard there is the Palanok Castle located on a former 68 metre high volcanic hill. It has of 130 different rooms with a complex system of underground passages connecting them together. Upper left there is also represented The Town Hall considered the splendid ensemble's gem of the city.

* Kerch is considered to be one of the most ancient cities in Ukraine. On the picture there is the Yenikale fortress, that was built by Ottoman Turks in 1699–1706. The fortress occupied area of 25,000 m² and had two powder-magazines, arsenal, water reservoir, living houses, bath-house and mosque.

* Sebastopol is the second largest port in Ukraine. The Inkerman Monastery of St.Clement represented on the postcard, is a cave monastery in a cliff rising. It was founded in 1850 on the where the relics of St. Clement were kept.

* Kyiv the capital city. The Saint Andrew's Church is a major baroque church located in the city. It was constructed in 1747–1754, to a design by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli. Isn't nice? :)

* Kamianets-Podilskyi is a city on the Smotrych River in western Ukraine. This city has a big castle and its foundations were built using limestone. That's not strange? It seems so majestic!

* Sambir is a city of wester Ukraine. In 1668, a town hall was built here, and in the early 18th century, the local church was remodelled.

Thanks to Oksana for this postcard!
All seems very nice places. What do you think?

Before concluding, I would show you this video about the really sad situation that the country is experiencing.


Share it!


It's time to go bed here!

Have a great week,
Giuliana


Saturday, 15 February 2014

Sibiu, a little town in the heart of Romania

Good morning guys,

how is going?

It's cloudy again in Milan but in two hours I'm coming back in my lovely hometown: Salerno :) The weather will be so good, sunny and around 20°C :D

Today I want to show you this nice postcard from Romania:


That's Sibiu, a lovely town in the heart of Romania. It's one of the most important cultural centres of Romania and along with the city of Luxembourg, it was designated a European Capital of Culture for the year 2007.
The old city of Sibiu was also ranked as "Europe's 8th most idyllic place to live" by Forbes.
On the postcard there are 3 shots:

  • Piata Mica: as it's name says (small square) is divided into two parts separated by Ocnei Street, which slopes under the Bridge of Lies towards the Lower Town. The square preserves with very few changes the aspect of the XV and XVI centuries, all the buildings are historic monuments;

  • Podul Minciunilor: in english "Bridge of Lies", it is a metal bridge built in 1859 over Ocnei street which connects the lower city and the upper city. It's a pedestrian walkway and it's the oldest iron bridge in service on the territory of Romania. I like it, it's so particular. There are a lots of legends about this bridge. One of them says that on this bridge used to walk around couples in love. Young people there swore eternal love, and the girls say they are virgins. But after the wedding night, it is discovered that some girls were lying. They were dragged off the bridge, being thrown over the railing. :O

  • Palatul Brukenthal: is one of the most important Baroque monuments in Romania. This building was built between 1777 and 1787 to serve as the official residence of Baron and head of its collections. 


Well, I knew a new city and I learned more about it thanks to Simona, the girl that sent me this nice postcard!


Have a great weekend! 

See you,
Giuliana


Wednesday, 12 February 2014

First one from Europe: Trnava

Hey there,
how was your weekend?

My last semester of study started this morning, first class Advertising Management.
First impression, not bad! I liked it, it was a funny lesson full of advertising campaigns.

I'd like to share one with you, maybe you have already seen it!

That's not funny? :D


Well, the postcard of today is from Slovakia. This is the first postcard that I received from Europe!
Do you know how to say HI in slovak? :) Martin, the guy that sent me this card, told me that it says AHOJ!
I learned something new ;)


The city is Trnava, a small city in western Slovakia, about 50 km to the north-east of Bratislava. It is also one of Slovakia's oldest cities (13th century). Because of the many churches within its city walls, Trnava has often been called the "Slovak Rome". On the picture are represented some important monuments of the city like the Cathedral of St.John (upper left), the Tower in the historical center (upper middle), the Gothic church of St.Nicolas (upper right).

That's not another nice place?
Thank you so much to Martin, he also got mine from Milan, it was a pleasure exchange with him.

I feel tired, tomorrow I will have another new class starting at 8.45am.

So, have a good night in you're reading from Italy and Europe and enjoy the rest of the day for other people!

S pozdravom (best regards in slovak ;)),
Giuliana

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Me gustaría ir a México

Hola gente,

how are you?

Today I'm gonna to write a post about México :)

And, you know why I chose to tell you about México? Well, I just had my spanish exam and it went well, I'm happy!

Who, among us, has never think of doing a nice vacation there? Since, unfortunately, it is not of my future trips due to distance, price and lack of time, I will travel a bit with my imagination!

Here is the postcard that I received :)


Stefan, sent me this postcard last December! It took lots of time, I got it around the mid of January!

Well, this is the "Palacio de Bellas Artes", a building built of white marble. The construction began in 1904 and it is considered the most important theatre in the city. It is located on the west side of the historic center of Mexico City.
It also contains murals of important Mexican artists such as Camarena, O'Gorman, Orozco, Siqueiros and Tamayo. The palace has a mixture of a number of architectural styles; however, it is principally Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Stefan wrote me that this is his favourite building in Mexico City.

I think that is a must to see especially for people who are passionate about architecture and art.

So, what do you think?

Hope you will have a great weekend!

Best,
Giuliana <3

ps. I always think about Mexico when I liste this song:
I like it :)


Friday, 7 February 2014

Two B for you: Borneo & Brunei!

Heyyy :D
how is going?

Guess what? No rain, finally today it was a very sunny day :) A small break since it tomorrow it will rain again!

Today, I had a very long day! I went to Padova, a nice city close to the famous Venice, for a presentation of my university. This little trip took me back a few years. I had been in Padova during my secondary school trip :) Mmm, about ten years ago!! Omg, I feel a bit old! :D

And, I have more to tell you, I made a "discovery": I tried the McDonald cappuccino and I really liked it :P Hahaha

I also had a UNICEF video conference for a kind of a new project and I met two lovely polish girls, we went to a nice live music pub here in Milan, had a great cocktail and shared experiences! A very nice evening!

Anyway, the postcards of today are from Borneo and Brunei :)



Borneo is the third largest island in the world and the largest island of Asia. It is close to Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia. The card represents the Mount Kinabalu, the highest mountain in south east of Asia. This is one of the most important biological sites in the world.
That's not amazing?
I wanna say thank you to Fiona, the girl that sent me this nice postcard! :) She also got mine from Milan!


  
Brunei is a sovereign state also located in the south east of Asia. This city, Kampong Ayer also called Water Village, has a very particular characteristic: all buildings are constructed on stilts above the Brunei River.
That's not cool?
Thank you so much Yani :)


I "googled" the distance from Milan to Brunei, well, more than 16000km :O That's a lot!!

I really appreciated these two postcards! Did you like them? :)

It's time to go bed, I feel a bit tired and tomorrow I will have another long day!

See you,
Giuliana

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Vancouver, what a lovely place!

Hi guys,
how are you?

Another post, two in one day is too much, I'm having lots of free time!

It's still raining here in Milan, I really can't take it anymore! I look forward to the spring, I hate the rain!

Well, today it's the turn of Vancouver, the city where I spent 3 months for an internship experience. I had such a great time. I met lots of wonderful people, I saw breathtaking views.

I really enjoyed my stay there. I'd like to come back.

The only downside of this city is the rain, it's very rainy, sometimes people call it "Raincouver", but I was lucky, not too much rain during my stay ;) Yeah for me!

Are you ready for such a lovely card?

Here it is, a piece of Vancouver Downtown. My office was so close to this area!

Unike as I thought, Vancouver isn't the capital city of British Columbia but is one of the largest Canadian cities. Compared to European cities, it is very young! There is nothing that has more than hundreds of years. It is located on the sea but is less than half an hour from the mountains, that makes it so fascinating!
It is also one of Canada's warmest cities.

Isabelle is the girl that sent me this postcard, I didn't have chance to meet her in person, what a shame!
Maybe next time ;)

So, what do you think about Vancouver? I fell in love with her the first day!

Before greeting you, I wanna show you a short video, a collection of some pictures of my experience.
video
I heard that song for the first time there. I hope you will like it!

See you soon,
Giuliana

First postcards that I've received :)

Are you ready for the first postcards that I got?!

Here we are: Philippines, Thailand and Cambodia!
I got these postcard from the same person, her name is Jaja and she is from Philippines :)

Philippines

Taal Volcano is located on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. It is the second most active volcano in the Philippines with 33 historical eruptions.
Even it is a volcano this postcard makes me relaxed, I don't know why, maybe the nature, the water, the amazing view!
I've never been to Philippines, I really wish one day!

Thailand

A lovely floating market from Thailand. 
This is the market of Tha-Kha, in the Samut Songkhram Province, one of the central provinces of Thailand. This market still is part of the villagers’ way of life. The villagers here do farming and grow various plants. They usually paddle a boat to bring their produce to sell to each other.
 I was in Thailand about two years ago, one of the best trip that I've ever had. I visited Bangkok and some islands in the south of the country: Koh Tao, Koh Phangan and Koh Nang Yuan (my favourite). What an amazing country! So different culture from Europe, lovely people and amazing views. I'd love to come back to discover the North of this beautiful country. 
Thailand will always be in my heart!

Cambodia


An amazing sunset from the province of Siem Reap.
The Angkor Wat is a Buddhist temple in Cambodia and the largest religious monument in the world. This temple was built lots of time ago, in the early 12th century. It is a symbol of Cambodia, in fact it appears also on the national flag. 
My boyfriend was there about two years ago with his friend. They described me as a fascinating and so misterious place, a must to see!
Another place on my travel wishlist ;)


So, did you like my first postcards? I love them!
Have you ever been in these places?

All the best,
Giuliana